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RSS Final Performances 2

"I corpsed during the battle scene the other day, and I outwardly laughed during the battle! And I thought to myself, 'Well, it's fine because Regan could be sort of loving every second', because she’s never been able to battle before. So, I did justify it. But it keeps happening!"

With two weeks remaining, Sirine looks back on her favourite moments from the run, from live streaming to laughing.

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Rona Kelly: And then I think it was last week or the week before you did the live stream.

Sabine Saba: Yes!

RK: We live streamed to something like 230 cinemas in the UK. Can you take us through what it was like doing that performance itself on Thursday, and if that changed anything about how you performed it maybe?

SS: No, well we were told to keep everything exactly the same, which we did. We weren’t told to sort of, you know, don’t move our faces less or be any sort of more televisual or anything like that. So we sort of kept everything the same. I think we were all adrenalised, so I think it was probably one of the best shows we’ve done. Because also there’s the enormity of thinking, 'Oh my goodness, this is such a massive audience!' The audience interestingly (I think because they knew they were being filmed) were a little bit tentative. They were one of our more tentative audiences, but that’s understandable because there’s this sort of buzz isn’t there, and you think, 'Oh God, how am I supposed to react? Do I have to laugh? And what do they need from me?' But yes, it was really, really fun and buzzy. We’ve all actually been a bit flat afterwards, this week we’ve all felt a bit sort of like, 'Oh, now what?'

RK: 'When can we do it again?'

SS: Yes, it was really good. And you know Faz [Singhateh] who plays Cornwall, his family are all in the North, and thirty, forty people all went to the cinema who wouldn’t necessarily have been able to come down, friends and family. And Saskia’s [Reeves] father, who wouldn’t have been able to come down, went to his local cinema. I mean, it’s really magical, really magical. It was very, very moving, actually, to know that people’s families who maybe wouldn’t have been able to see it could share it.

RK: That’s wonderful. We’ll end with two questions. The first one is: can you tell us any behind the scenes fun bits?

SS: Well I corpsed during the battle scene the other day, and I outwardly laughed during the battle! And I thought to myself, 'Well, it's fine because Regan could be sort of loving every second', because she’s never been able to battle before. So, I did justify it. But it keeps happening! And I’ve been able to control myself, but I just couldn’t the other day. Saskia’s [Reeves] in my eye line drumming away, Kent. And the little marshmallow, white drummy bits at the end of her sticks have a tendency to just zoom up into the air and fly off. So she’s drumming away, and then suddenly you just see this white marshmallow go 'Woo' and another one goes 'Woo'. And they just fly off! And I just couldn’t and I just laughed and laughed and laughed, in front of everybody! And Kevin [R McNally, King Lear] said something like, 'Can’t take you anywhere! You’re so unprofessional!” Or something like that! So that’s something that happened. 

Behind the scenes...well, the two cage scenes, the sex cage scenes, we call 'sexy cage'! So Emily [Bruni, Goneril] and Ralph [Davis, Edmund] do 'Sexy Cage', and me and Ralph do 'Not So Sexy Cage'! Because it was like, it was always kind of an afterthought! So that’s 'Sexy Cage' and we’re 'Not So Sexy Cage'. Oh my gosh, there’s so many things, but I can’t think of any now in this moment.

RK: Well this might go on to the next question...

SS: Yes.

RK: What has been one of your favourite moments from performances so far? Or it could just be, you know, a lot of people say it's actually been working with this cast who are so great…

SS: God, no! They are a right bunch of shits! Well, I have to say that I have made an amazing friend in Emily who plays my sister Goneril. And that’s been very special. Yes, they are an amazing bunch of people. Yes, maybe it is...but it always is. You know, we are so lucky in this job, it is so rare that it’s never a blessing and a real life affirming experience. It’s so, so rare…to work with wonderful people. I think playing this part has been very special as well, and being back, being back here. Very moving actually to come back, I was very moved. It’s nice to come back somewhere.

RK: It’s like coming home.

SS: Yes.

RK: Well maybe we’ll welcome you back soon again.

SS: Yes!

RK: Thank you so much for joining us over the last couple of months.

SS: Oh, my goodness, thank you!

RK: And we wish you the best for the next two weeks, the final two weeks of performances.

SS: Thank you very much, thank you so much!

Thanks to Gemma for the transcription of this interview.

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